Langtang Circuit Trek - 16 Days


  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Langtang
  • Max. Altitude: 4610m/15124ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Land Transport

Langtang Circuit Trek is one of the popular trekking destination in Langtang region. This trek is the perfect combination of adventure, spectacular Himalayan snow-capped peaks and Tibetan influenced ethnic encounters. The major highlights of Langtang are the rhododendron and bamboo forests with an abundance of wildlife, breathtaking views of waterfalls flowing over mammoth boulders, relax in the soothing hot spring, visit the holy lake of Gosainkunda, and majestic snow-capped Mountains of Langtang.

Langtang, Gosainkunda, and Helambu trek begin from the ancient city of Kathmandu, from where you will drive towards Syabrubesi passing through the turbulent Trishuli River. The trail ascends quickly on the third day as you move ahead towards Langtang Khola passing through the lush mountains and Forests of rhododendron, oak, and Bamboo. As you move ahead towards Langtang valley the trek escalates to over 900m in just one day, Langtang village is one of the oldest villages in Nepal and gives you the feel of Tibetan Culture. The scenery here is also quite spectacular. With just 500 m of further trek our trail reaches to KyanjinGompa, at 3900 m, is quite popular for its cheese manufacturing plants there. There are several Buddhist monasteries and Gompas in Kyanjin which has a very special importance in the Tibetan culture. The trek gives you panoramic views of the towering snow-capped peaks of Mt. Langtang I, Mt. Langtang II and Ganesh Himal. This region is also inhabited by Red Panda who are bit shy in nature and are truly nature’s delight to watch. This trek ends with a couple of more interesting sights at Gosainkunda, of spectacular views of sunrise and sacred lake, which is believed to be incarnated by Lord Shiva himself.


Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4264 ft)

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1467m/4812ft) via Trishuli (Nuwakot) - 150 Km/8 hrs

Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel (2470m/8103ft, 6 hrs)

Day 04: Trek to Langtang Village (3400m/11154ft, 5 hrs)

Day 05: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3850m/12631ft, 4 hrs)

Day 06: Trek Back to Lama Hotel from Kyanjin (2470m/8103ft, 5 hrs)

Day 07: Trek to Thulo Syabru (2150m/7053ft, 6 hrs)

Day 08: Trek to Shin Gompa (3330m/10925ft, 5 hrs)

Day 09: Trek to Gosaikunda, The Frozen Lake (4300m/14107ft, 6 hrs)

Day 10: Trek to Gopte (3430m/11253ft) via Lauri Binayak Pass (4610m/15124ft, 6 hrs)

Day 11: Trek to Melamchi Village (2560m/8398ft, 5 hrs)

Day 12: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2590m/8497ft, 5 hrs)

Day 13: Trek to Sermathang (2600m/8530ft, 4 hrs)

Day 14: Hike to Melamchi Bazaar. Drive back to Kathmandu (45km, 3 hrs)

Day 15: Full day Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu

Day 16: Departure from TIA

Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 13m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, you will be driving north out of the Kathmandu valley too Syabrubesi via Dhunche. This scenic drive through the mountain terrian gives you an Ample time to observe villages of Dhunche and Syabrubesi and enjoy himalayan view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung, Naya Kangma, Dorje Lakpa and various mountains.You will be passing one of the important Hydro Projects of Nepal the Trishuli Hydro Project. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

After breakfast you commence your trek as you cross the Bhote Koshi River and follow along the Langtang River. This trail gradually ascends through the dense bamboo forest. You ascend close to 1000 meters on the third day as the popular Lama Hotel is located at an altitude of nearly 2500 meters. The destination for the third day is the Lama Hotel. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Today you ascend almost 900 meters as you reach the Langtang valley. The trekking route follows the route of ‘Ghoda Tabela’ which in Nepali means the Horse Stable. Leaving the stable you move on and the trail becomes quite even as you pass beautiful scenery watching the Himalayan Yaks grazing on the field. Langtang village is one of the oldest villages in Nepal and the view of breathtaking Himalayas from Langtang is quite famous. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Get up, perform some stretching exercises to warm up your body and get set for your trek. You start your trekking from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa which despite being mere 500 meters is quite fascinating because you come across several Cheese factories that are quite popular for the quality of cheese they produce. Moreover, there are several Buddhist Monasteries in Kyanjin and the most popular one is the Kyanjin Gompa which is well known amongst tourists. You will pass through the largest Mani Wall in Nepal made from stone with prayers written on them. You will cross many wooden bridges and slowly get higher in altitude. The KyanjinGompa is surrounded by the Himalayas. You can wander around and experience the chirping of birds, grazing Yaks, beautiful glaciers & icefalls. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

On the sixth day you have to return to The Lama Hotel from the most beautiful Kyanjin Gompa. As it is a downhill trip, it takes less than five hours to reach the Lama Hotel. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

On day seven, as you descend from the Lama Hotel you can enjoy the natural beauty on display. While on the route to Thulo Syabru, you may also be privileged to see Red Pandas, monkeys and various rare species of birds. Thulo Syabru is a wonderful traditional village in Rasuwa which also offers unadulterated views of Ganesh Himal (7110 meters), Langtang Himal and the mountain ranges. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Equip yourself with some heavy breakfast and head towards Shin Gompa from Thulo Syabru on the eighth day of the itinerary enjoying the views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and other mountains and forests. There is a popular local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery at Shin Gompa. The cheese factory at Shin Gompa is considered as one of the best cheese production centers in Nepal. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

From Shin Gompa, you steadily climb up and make your way to the holy lake of Gosaikunda. The trek undoubtedly gives an exotic feeling. You follow a rugged trail featuring dramatic views of the Manaslu Himalaya Range, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang Himal. On a clear day, even the Annapurna Mountain Range is visible to the North. The first view of the holy lake of Gosainkunda can be alarming as the bluish lake takes your breath away. There are around a dozen of lakes in the Gosainkunda region. Others being the Saraswatikunda and BhairabKunda. According to the Hindu legend, Gosaikunda Lake was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced the glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after he swallowed poison that threatened to destroy the whole world. The trail is really breathtaking. It is believed that there are 108 lakes in the immediate area of Gosainkunda. You will sleep well tonight with the memories of the blessing of Holy Kunda. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

The most challenging day of your trek comes after you leave the holy lake of Gosaikunda on the tenth day of the itinerary. You pass through several green forests, mountain rivers and small lakes before crossing the Lauri Binayak-La Pass (4610m/15124ft). Crossing the pass is the most difficult part of this trek and from there the trail heads up and down around the hillside under forbidding cliffs where you can see sweet juniper, colorful rhododendrons, sparkling clear,beautiful streams and himalayan waterfalls. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

Trek from Gopte to Melamchi is quite exhilarating as the trail now descends continually through several Sherpa settlements. You will also have the chance to interact with the local villagers while heading down the trail. After 3 hours of trekking, you will reach Thadepati Pass (3690m/12106ft), a traditional local village. A couple of hours of trekking from Thadepati takes us to the beautiful village of Melamchi .The drinking water project of Melamchi has been popular for quite some years now. Enjoy a cosy night with a beautiful sound of pure and bluish water of Melamchi River. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

After stretching your body and having a satisfying breakfast explore the local community and wonderful cultural region of Helambu. Helambu is especially known for its rich Sherpa culture. Do not miss tasting the delicious apples in season from the Helambu region. The people of this community practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan. You then walk up to Tarkegyang which boasts of several beautiful monasteries along with the traditional Sherpa culture. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

On the 13th day, you further explore the Helambu region as you leave Tarkegyang and head towards Sermathang (2600m/8530ft). Sermathang is a beautiful village and offers some of the oldest Sherpa cultures and traditions.There are impressive views of Dorje Lhakpa and looking North-East is the Panch Pokhari Lake, part of the Jugal Himal Trek. Rest your body and mind with a pleasant breeze from the Himalaya. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

After a short walk to Melamchi Bazaar, you will travel by vehicle to Kathmandu. A couple of hours drive from Melamchi Bazaar takes you back to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival to Kathmandu, you will be dropped at your hotel. This is an opportunity to have a rest in your hotel once you arrive. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

A morning wake up call and breakfast will have you ready for your Kathmandu sightseeing tour today. You will visit the tourist hub of Thamel and several world heritage sites, temples and monasteries in and around Kathmandu specially Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, the Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square etc. Please do not forget to charge your camera batteries, otherwise you may regret not being able to capture the beauty of Kathmandu. You can also purchase souvenirs for your beloved one and family members back home. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek.Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour our wonderful Himalayan country. 

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • 3 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Typical Nepalese cultural show.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the Itinerary.
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on Twin Share/Dormitory basis).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Langtang National Park fees, TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Trekking equipment i.e.- Down Jacket, Sleeping Bag (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Service charge and Government Taxes.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.

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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


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Trip highlights

  • Experience Tibetan influenced culture of Tamang and Sherpa people
  • Rhododendron and bamboo forest with many waterfalls on the background
  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7,200m/23,622ft), Ganesh Himal (7,600m), Mt. Langtang-II (7,227m), Mt. Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Mt. Naya Kanga Ri (5846m), and Mt.Dorje Lakpa (6966m)
  • Explore Holy lake of Gosain Kunda & cross Gosain Kunda Pass (Lauri Binayak-La Pass)

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